A control panel that was mothballed, anticipating a time when the plant may be reactivated.
This is an elevator to move mine car loads of sand to the surface for cleaning and eventually glass production. Below is a flooded equipment vault. In front and behind is a loop through the larger tunnels in the mine. The horizontal braces supported electric cables for the mine carts.
Chester Creek’s lower sections change, demarking decades of change for Superior Street.
At the bottom of the stairs to the caves is this collection of brick arches. I wonder what this area looks like now that a new tenant has taken over this building.
Spots of yellow gravel mark gold mines with nothing left on the surface. Is this one of the drainage pipes?
Dirty filters for some equipment hang, awaiting a purpose.
Frontier Gas is a former (?) gas station chain. Chain O’ mines reused a scrapped sign to mark their mill. Under the paint you can barely make out: GLORY HOLE GOLD MILL.
A high-voltage tunnel sheathed in concrete dips below ground near a shell packing building that now stores fireworks.
Here, the concentrated gold (and silver, and zinc, I would guess) would be loaded into trucks bound for the smelter.